In pretty much any home transaction, the home needs to be appraised before the lender will give out any money for the home. An appraiser is hired to do this job and find the appraised value of the home. Home appraisal is not an exact science, it is an opinion of value determined objectively. Chances are, if you have 10 appraisers appraise the same house, you will get varying levels of appraised value.
There are a few reasons why appraisals are conducted. While the most common one in a real estate transaction is usually based on market value, a few of the other reasons include:
- Replacement Value
- Assessed Value for Property Tax
- Insurance Value
When the market conditions change, so do appraised values. It will never be constant.
Lenders will use which ever is lower between the sales price or the appraised value, in order to determine how much mortgage amount they will offer.
If you have any questions about buying or selling your home, please contact me, Eric D. Bolton, REALTOR. I will be pleased to help you in any way. Call me at 210.918.0307 or visit my website at www.ericdbolton.com